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Gail Skroback Hennessey taught for over 33 years, teaching sixth grade in all but two years. She earned a BA in early secondary education with a concentration in social studies and an MST in social...
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End of the Year Letter to Students. Do you write one?

Do you write an end of the year letter to your students? If, so, please share.Here is the one I used with my 6th graders:

Dear students,

The end of the school year has passed so very quickly. It seems like we were just beginning to learn about the world in which we live AND a bit about each other, and now, it is time for me to say goodbye to you as you continue to progress in school.

I'd like to leave you with some thoughts which I find useful in my life:

"Know the true value of time, snatch, seize, and enjoy every minute of it. No idleness, no laziness , no procrastination, never put off till tomorrow what you can do today." -Chesterfield

"Life is NOT a Spectator Sport." -Dick's Sporting Goods

Use every day to the fullest. Read, try to make someone smile, help someone, say a kind word to someone, dream things you'd like to do and work to make them possible. And, at the end of the day, be able to say, "Yes, I used the day, well." Remember...YOU make your own HISTORY!

This last quote is an important one:

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men (and women) to do nothing." -Burke

It's not always easy to beak from the "crowd", but speak up for someone that you feel is being mistreated. Don't stay silent, for it may be YOU that hopes for someone to speak up for you one day.

I've tried to interest you about the world in which we live during our year together. Think about opening up a bank account for a trip to visit Egypt, China, France, etc. one day. Place a couple of dollars away each month so that one day, you will be able to experience an exciting trip. And, if you should ever take such a trip, I'd love to get a postcard from you.

Life is an adventure...enjoy the ride. I wish you much happiness as you travel down life's highway and hope you have few bumps along the way, but, perhaps, some interesting detours.

All the best,
Mrs. Hennessey (The teacher who loved the color purple)


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